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Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting inside a real film production company in your city as you develop your movie idea with a professional filmmaker. Then, upon meeting the necessary requirements, you will be given the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles or New York and pitch your film idea to an executive who could buy or get your movie made.

Film Production & Editing Details

In the Film Connection for Cinematography program, you will learn the techniques involved in capturing a moving image and will start to develop “the eye of the DP.” The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry required to get the needed shots and to shape light to achieve the director’s desired artistic effect.

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The screenwriter is the person who creates, takes, or adapts an idea and formulates a screenplay. Without the writer, there would be no movie. Period. He or she is the starting gate. He or she is the person who gets the ball rolling down the hill.
 
In the Film Connection for Screenwriting workshop, you will learn the elements that make for a “Killer Script” by developing and writing your own feature length screenplay under the direction and mentorship of a working professional screenwriter.

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In many ways the film editor is the most misunderstood of all film professionals. Often considered just a film technician, a good editor is so much more than that. He or she is also a qualified storyteller of the highest order.
 
In the Film Connection for Film Editing workshop, you will develop your knowledge of storytelling and screenplay structure as the foundational blueprint of a film. You will also develop your technical understanding of editing as an extern to a professional editor in a post-production facility.

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An Immersive
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our externship-based, mentor-taught programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of ordinary film schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry filmmaker at a film production company.

Tuition
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Film Connection’s mentor styled education is a cost-effective approach to hands-on, curriculum backed education in film production and editing and cinematography.

 

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$12,200 Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

Trade
School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

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About Our Dallas Film School Alternative

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

Learn filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection’s mentored externship-based approach. We make building relationships an integral part of what we do.

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors work in the real world where the competition is fierce and having the right gear matters. As an extern you have access to the latest hardware and tools of the trade.

On-Set Etiquette

Knowing how to handle yourself on the set is a prerequisite for any successful career in filmmaking. Your mentor will guide you through proper etiquette during real film shoots.

Making Movies

We believe the whole point of going to any film school or certificate program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our Film Production & Editing curriculum is designed around this concept, from start to finish.

What is the Next Step?

We get it. This isn’t your normal four-year college requiring coursework not associated with your area of interest. We are a post-secondary institution or trade school that's different in its approach. Here's how you can get more info:


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Meet our Mentors

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from the professionals?

Michael Van Orden Dallas Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Dallas Mentor

Background

Credits: Being Doug, Called to Serve, The Washing, Spit Request an Invitation

Albert Dabah Dallas Mentor

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Albert Dabah Dallas Mentor

Background

Albert has been in the video production business for thirty-three years, owning and running Simba Productions in New York City. Clients: CNN, HBO, Apple Request an Invitation

Bob Kelley Dallas Mentor

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Bob Kelley Dallas Mentor

Background

Clients: Discovery Canada, PBS, UCDavis, Associated Press, Fox News, Blackstone Media, NBC Universal Request an Invitation

Marc Silber Dallas Mentor

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Marc Silber Dallas Mentor

Background

With a background in visual media, director Marc Silber has interviewed scores of entrepreneurs, CEOs and creative professionals over the years. His interview series has received hearty praise and has helped countless business leaders and artists tell their story. Request an Invitation

Craig Roessler Dallas Mentor

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Craig Roessler Dallas Mentor

Background

A film and television studio executive and producer for over twenty years, Craig has directly overseen, managed, and/or produced 25 films and seven network series with budgets totaling over $500 million.  Craig is known for his project-management skills, having close working relationships with talent and directors, producing big looking, studio-quality content on tight budgets, quickly providing workable solutions for development and production issues, and completing projects on time, on budget. As Senior Vice President of Production, Programming and Creative Affairs for MGM Television Worldwide Inc., Craig had direct oversight of all content development, and oversaw pre-production, production, post-production, while working with business & legal affairs, marketing, and promotion. His MGM product was nominated for 10 Emmy awards and numerous others including DGA, Golden Globes, PGA and SAG awards.  He oversaw studio projects such as the series Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: Universe, Dead Like Me, and The L Word, as well as Showtime Movies Inherit the Wind, Twelve Angry Men, In the Time of the Butterflies, That Championship Season, and Rocky Marciano, which opened the Monte Carlo Film Festival. Craig has worked with a wide range of talent, from well-established actors and directors to breaking new talent.  Craig grew up in Los Angeles and Colorado, working summers on ranches breaking and training western saddle horses. He attended Columbia University, working his way through school as an actor on NBC’s soap opera “Another World,” while learning production work skills for quick, quality content. Request an Invitation

Kel Thompson Dallas Mentor

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Kel Thompson Dallas Mentor

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America’s Production Company was established in 2005 by Kel Thompson who has degrees in photography & advertising from Texas State University. Kel is also a graduate of the Palm Beach Film School. Kel was first published in photography at 17 years old in TX. Kel worked for News24Houston as their first helicopter videographer, before being hired by a major event production company in Florida. Two years later he established America’s Production Company after learning the ropes in photo, video, audio and event production. Request an Invitation

Zef Cota Dallas Mentor

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Zef Cota Dallas Mentor

Background

Alphabet City Films is a film production company based in New York City, NY. We are a collective of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, and other talented filmmakers. We have created many short films, and recently produced our first feature length film: The Trouble. Request an Invitation

Jim DeGroot Dallas Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Dallas Mentor

Background

Clients: Green Bay Packers, Disney, National Guard, Doritos, ABC World News, Good Morning America, St. Joseph’s Medical Centers, Homeland Security Request an Invitation

Eero Johnson Dallas Mentor

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Eero Johnson Dallas Mentor

Background

“I’m Eero Johnson. I’m a film and video producer living in Bellingham, Washington. For over ten years I’ve been creating commercials, corporate videos, web videos, sales DVD’s, music videos … whatever it takes to get your message to your audience. I have a great group of clients and I love what I do.” Request an Invitation

Chris Varner Dallas Mentor

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Chris Varner Dallas Mentor

Background

In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Chris has worked in almost every facet of video production, from lens to post. His credits include EPK work on “Sleepy Hollow”, “Under The Dome”, “The Longest Ride”, “We’re The Millers”, “Iron Man 3”, “One Tree Hill” and more. Request an Invitation

John Raffo Dallas Mentor

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John Raffo Dallas Mentor

Background

John Raffo started as a photographer in New York before turning his attention to screenwriting. Over the last twenty years he’s worked on a variety of credited and uncredited projects (including, DRAGON, THE BRUCE LEE STORYTHE RELIC, and THE INTERPRETER”). His original screenplay RENKO VEGA AND THE JENNIFER NINE appeared on the 2011 Black List. THE 7TH SWORD is his first story written directly as a graphic novel. Request an Invitation

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The Film Scene in Dallas

The Dallas, Texas Film Connection Film School Alternative

The Dallas, Texas Film Connection Film School Alternative

1) Learn Where You Live.

The Film Connection has hundreds of locations throughout the United States, including several in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area! Our on-the-job training approach means we don’t need a central campus in order to train you. Save the moving expenses, keep your day job, and learn film production, directing, screenwriting and film editing without having to move to go to film school. Learn near where you live. Advantage: Film Connection.

2) Low Tuition Means You Graduate With Little or No Debt.

We think it’s ludicrous to take on tens of thousands of dollars in debt just when you’re trying to launch a film career. With such film schools, unless your dad is an oil baron, you’ll have no choice. The Film Connection works differently. We have found ways to provide a better film education than the other guys, for a lot less money. Our tuition is low and many of our students graduate debt free, ready to get on with their careers. Expensive film schools not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Film Connection.

3) On-the-Job Training—No Classrooms!

Why take film school with a bunch of students in a classroom when you could learn the same thing on-the-job? The Dallas Film Connection doesn’t believe in classrooms—we believe you need to learn in the work place. That’s why every one of our students is placed as a working extern (apprentice) inside a real film production company, from day one until the day of graduation. Real-world experience, not useless theoretical classroom instruction. Advantage: Film Connection.

4) One-on-One Training With a Real Professional.

Our signature extern (mentor-apprentice) approach means you won’t be sharing your instructor with 20-30 other students. Instead, you’ll be paired with an actual film industry professional with real credits and lots of experience. This person will become your personal mentor, teaching you the kinds of skills, techniques and knowhow that can contribute to you getting hired film business. Many of our students stay connected with their mentors long after they graduate. We wouldn’t have it any other way. One teacher to one student. Advantage: Film Connection.

5) Endorsements from Hundreds of Film Professionals.

More certified film industry pros endorse the Film Connection than any typical film school. Why? Because they understand how the industry works, and they see that our program works at getting people launched into film careers. We’re endorsed by some of the biggest names in the business, and many of them even teach students for us. More professional endorsements than ordinary film school. Advantage: Film Connection.

6) Job Placement Assistance (Really).

The “job assistance” offered by most film schools is a joke—quite often, it’s an outdated list of job openings for you to “cold call.” With the Dallas Film Connection, your tuition includes enrollment in our Stay Connected Program, which offers active job placement assistance for up to a year after you graduate. (Hint: many of our students don’t even need this program because by the time they finish their externship (apprenticeships) they’ve already made connections and got hired and going in film.) “Job placement” at ordinary film schools can mean little more than a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Film Connection.

7) You’re On the Inside from Day One.

No need to go pounding on doors with our program; from day one, you’re in the door! We train you as an extern (apprentice) in an actual film production company in Dallas, which means you have the inside track to the industry from your very first day of training. The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Film Connection.

8) Tutoring at No Charge to You.

We don’t believe in simply processing our students through our programs. We are committed to your success. That’s why we offer tutoring at no cost to all our students. If you get stuck on an assignment, there’s someone you can call. Private tutoring to help. Advantage: Film Connection.

9) Connections.

No matter how well you know your craft, having connections is a big component of future success. The kinds of connections you want can’t usually be found if you’re sitting in a classroom surrounded by other students. Getting out where the film people are is where crucial industry connections get made. The Film Connection gears its entire approach around getting you connected to the industry. By training you on-the-job in a real production facility, we give you the chance to meet and connect with bona fide industry pros, enabling you to impress them with your skills so they will remember you next time they need help. Real world film industry connections. Big Advantage: Film Connection.

10) From Dallas to Hollywood!

There’s plenty to do in the Dallas film scene, but if you want more, we’ve got it for you. Our curriculum is designed to help you through the process of developing your very own film idea. When you’re finished with your externship (apprenticeship), we give you the opportunity to PITCH that film in Los Angeles in front of Hollywood movie executives! You read that correctly: we’ll arrange a meeting in LA with real industry executives, giving you the chance to pitch your film. We doubt that any expensive film school out there offers this kind of opportunity. A real chance to break into Hollywood. Big Advantage: Film Connection. No ordinary film school does this.

Your DALLAS, TEXAS FILM SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

If you’re researching film school in Dallas remember only Film Connection gets you in the door of a real Dallas film production company as an extern (apprentice), where you can learn directing, producing, editing, cinematography and screenwriting from a film professional. Make no mistake, the smartest way to break into the film business in Dallas is by working as a film extern inside a Dallas film production company–and the FILM CONNECTION is the school that can put you there. You can spend upwards of 50 thousand dollars to go to film school at a college or film trade school, or for less money and generally far less time, you can go to  out film school alternative inside of a real production company. With us you learn directly from the pros in a real-world environment,  and have the chance to gain vital industry connections along the way. Our film school alternative is the no-nonsense, cost efficient way to get a quality, real world film education. To APPLY for our Dallas Film School alternative, click here. DALLAS, Texas, along with FORT WORTH, ARLINGTON and other area cities, collectively comprise the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, the 6th largest DMA in the United States. Besides being a major hub for commerce and hosting major sports teams like the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Texas Rangers (MLB) and Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas is also a hotbed for film and TV production activity, with more than 2 dozen major television stations and with its own film office, serving the needs of hundreds of film and television productions. Here’s just a glimpse at the many major productions that have filmed on location in and around the Dallas Metroplex:
  • Batman & Robin
  • RoboCop (1987)
  • Dallas (TV Series, 1978-1991)
  • Dallas (the remake TV Series, 2012-present)
  • Bonnie & Clyde
  • Born On the Fourth of July
  • The Tree of Life
  • JFK
  • The Faculty
With all the film activity going on in and around Dallas, there is a multitude of mentor extern opportunities for those looking to produce, direct, edit, work camera or lighting, or other film opportunities. The FILM CONNECTION Film School alternative in Dallas has the on-the-job programs available for you to learn more about. We’ll pair you with a real film professional in a real production company, and before you know it, you could be working on a film set, a TV studio, or on-location  on a film shoot receiving one-on-one training from an industry professional. Within about 6 months, you can be well trained with a solid foothold in the craft and well-connected, ready to launch your career in film! And, if you want to take it all the way to Hollywood, our structured curriculum will guide you through the process of developing your own original film idea, then you will have the opportunity to pitch your film to actual Hollywood executives! Can you name one average film school that offers the same thing? Over our history of nearly 30 years, the FILM CONNECTION has helped many students break into the film industry through our extern (mentor-apprentice) approach.  Simply put,  we get you training in the film industry so that you can make the most of learning on real productions with real pros. No one gets you closer. Enroll today, and let us get you on the set! To APPLY click here.
Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative is endorsed by filmmakers who are making movies, maybe even the movies you love.

Professionals in the film business—including famous producers, screenwriters and directors—endorse Film Connection’s programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.

Mark Kohn

Marc is an accomplished executive with a consistent record of managing costs, measuring progress with metrics and creating operational efficiencies. He’s a thoughtful and enthusiastic professional possessing the ability to create a vision, gain executive alignment and effectively lead dynamic high performance teams for success.

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Jason Hewitt

Jason Hewitt, a native of Louisiana, left the technology industry to join the film and television industry. Hewitt was an early mover in the Internet economy, founding the website creation and marketing management company Planet Symphony in 1994.

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David Fuhrer

David’s stage and studio clients include: Bravo, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Sex & The City, American Cancer Society, Clairol, Law & Order – Criminal Intent, Amazon, Verizon, VH1, The History Channel, MTV, Director’s Guild of America and many many more.

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ICM Partners

and RRF have donated to the Hide & Seek Foundation’s SOAR (Support of Accelerated Research).

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Carl Millender

Carl Millender born in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 5, 1970 is a pioneer in the film and television industry. In 1990 Carl Millender became a cultural consultant for NBC’s new programs, including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-air”, “Seinfeld”…

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Brian Glazen

Equal parts MacGyver, Steven Spielberg and Gandhi, Brian has ideas. Ideas about marketing, ideas about communication and ideas about fixing just about anything that might be broken. When he’s not sharing his ideas with clients you can usually find him fixing things at his own home or eagerly searching for things that may need fixing…

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Sam Borowski

“Film Connection truly is the ‘Film School of Hard Knocks.’ It helps new students to gain experience and network and teaches one thing I always preach to young filmmakers: practicality. It gives new students and would-be filmmakers, writers and editors, a chance to connect personally with their mentors.”

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Alex Keledjian

Producer of Project Greenlight

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Richard Berg

Richard Berg is an Art Director’s Guild and Emmy nominated Production Designer. He is responsible for the Production Design of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Eleventh Hour, Miami Medical, Chase and Modern Family. Berg is also an architect.

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Jeff Kushon

Great program. I’m proud to be a part of it.” Jeff has worked on over 200 film sets and has been a Set Decorator on hit movies, “Dude Where’s My Car”, “Nurse Betty”, “Blade 2”, “Beautiful”, “She’s All That” as well as TV shows “Modern Family”, “Trust Me” and “Miami Medical”.

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Luis Estrada

“Our first extern in this program was put right in the middle of the action and it was amazing how he was able to learn by doing. This Film Connection is great for people with a sincere interest in this field. Our extern turned out to be a reliable resource and we hope his experience […]

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Matt Pellowski

“Being paired with working professionals and established companies allows up-and-coming artists to learn on the job, introduces them to the realities of film production, and helps them acquire the tools needed to become successful. Two of our current staff are graduates of the Film Connection.”

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Contact the Film Connection


2101 Cedar Springs Office 1050
Dallas, TX 75201
800-295-4433


2607 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75229
800-295-4433

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M - F 11:00AM - 8:00PM

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